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post #1 of 15 Old 10-26-2013, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Does this sound right?

Got this KRL a couple weeks ago. The motor has over 31K miles on it and the PO said there was an issue with it making some noise but I'm not convinced. He only had it for a month, didn't know much about it but said the guy he bought it from did the doohickey mod. I have since learned that the high pitched noise may be the chirping/tweety noise. I welded up the holes in the exhaust can, put on a new header gasket, adjusted the balance chain tensioner as per the manual and changed the oil. Since I've never had this kind of bike and can't say if something does truly sound wrong, I figured I'd put it out here to get some input.
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You definitely have a Tweetied muffler. Do a search on here and you will find lots of info on how to get rid of it.

Have you tried to adjust the doohickey at all??

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You definitely have a Tweetied muffler. Do a search on here and you will find lots of info on how to get rid of it.

Have you tried to adjust the doohickey at all??
The only adjustment I did was removing the rubber plug, loosening the bolt, tapping the motor with a mallet a couple times (as per youtube vid), tighten the bolt back up, and replace the plug.

I'm not really fussed about the Tweetied muffler. Was more concerned about the top end of the motor sound. Do these bike just sound like that? Actually, that sound would quiet down as I got on the throttle and the bike did run great. I may be just paranoid but the comment of the PO got me thinking.
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Other than a bit of what sounds to me like valve tappit noise- sounds like mine....I was always told it was better to hear them than smell them!

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Recordings can make a noise seem louder as well. I made a video of my Shadow once and was shocked to hear some valve noise when I played it back on my computer. It was almost silent in person, but the mic picked up the tic and magnified it.

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Sounds like a KLR sewing machine to me..... Ride it. That surely sounds like a pronounced tweety and not mechanical.
How does it run and ride?
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With all the above being possible it wouldn't hurt to check the valve clearances.
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definately tweet muffler but there is a clack tick in there, i also say check the valves

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Thanks the for input guys. I did read as well that it was good to hear the valves on this bike but to be safe I should check them.
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Sounds like a KLR sewing machine to me..... Ride it. That surely sounds like a pronounced tweety and not mechanical.
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Runs pretty good. Fires right up, holds idle fine, revs smooth. The new oil I put in it blackened up pretty quick. It also would puff a bit of white smoke when revved. Ride wise, it did well. Although the front end dove quite a but under braking but I know I got a bad fork seal. Replacing seals and fluid probably should help a lot. Overall it was a blast...pretty nimble bike. I bet it's going to be fun.
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